Last week at the library, I was skimming through the book, Hands on Crafts for Kids: 20-Minute Crafts, and a beautiful rainbow suncatcher caught my eye. My oldest, who is a fan of rainbows, liked it too and asked if we could make one for St. Patrick’s Day.

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To make a Rainbow Suncatcher, you will need:

  • 6 white chenille stems
  • faceted plastic beads (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple)
  • cookie sheet
  • parchment paper
  • scissors and wire cutters
  • fishing line


1. Being by stringing red beads on 1 chenille stem. Continue with every color, using 1 chenille stem/color.

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2. When the beading is complete, bend all of the chenille stems into a “U” shape. Arrange the chenille stems as a rainbow on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Make sure that the chenille stems are as close together as possible and that the beads touch in several locations (you might need to remove beads from some of the chenille stems). Using the wire cutters, trim the tips so that the rainbow has an even edge.

3. Place the cookie sheet into a cold oven and set to bake at 350 for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes at 350, you will notice that the beads have melted and fused together. Turn the oven off and allow the cookie sheet to cool completely inside of the oven.

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4. Tie a loop with the fishing line through the top of the arc and hang in a sunny window!

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Bright and cheery, I can’t help but smile when I walk past them every day!

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13 comments on “Rainbow Suncatchers

  1. Elizabeth

    Oooo, I LOVE this one!! IF I didn’t have a sick kiddo, at home today, we would be off to the craft store for supplies :)

  2. Debbie @

    Cute idea! Thanks for sharing at Mom’s Library!

  3. Jackie Higgins

    That is so cool. I had no idea you could fuse beads together like that in the oven. I love the rainbows but it could be fun for other holiday decor as well!

  4. tina tiopan

    This was perfect for my son. We did this for our weather unit.

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